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Al in Kona

Why is it that all hurricanes that head toward the Big Island of Hawaii seem to ALWAYS veer to the south or to the north when they approach this island? Ever since weather records have been taken here there has never been a hurricane that has passed directly over the Big Island. Why? There must be some reasons although no one seems to want to say much fearing that we then, on the Big Island, might get too complacent whenever a storm heads our way. I've heard some suggest that perhaps it is our very high mountains (as high as 13,796ft. or 4,205m.) that might contribute to divert the path of these storms, however that's cojecture at this point. Seems to me though that too many years have gone by for this to just be coincidence as some of the other Hawaiian islands have been hit full on a number of times by strong hurricanes. Perhaps we will never know in our lifetime.

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Morabeza

I am glad that former «Furacão Felícia» (now being called by the NWS simply 'Storm Felicia') has fizzled to the degree that it has! It has yet to reach O'ahu with its full force.

I live on a steep leeward mountain ridge of the Ko'olau in upper Mānoa Valley where storm or not, bizarre and relatively powerful random gusts are all too common and completely vexing, knocking over unexpected plants or shredding leaves (all my plants are potted and kept above ground on benches, terraced down the steep incline). So when I saw that gusts up to 49mph were forecast (at least this morning) for O'ahu, I set about post-haste culling out cycads and palms that I thought wise to bring indoors and made other preparations for areas of which I have learnt to be susceptible to toppling of plants by gusts. I certainly hope that my efforts will at least spare any losses or major damage. Would I be greedy to ask for no shredded leaves as well? ;) pretty please...

Of course I won't know until we're through with Madame Felicia, but I am heartened by the general weakening of the storm, and can only hope it continues to weaken as precipitously as possible!

I am very glad to hear that at least for our palm growers on Hawai'i Island that this storm didn't cause damage or any troubles worthy of mention!

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Wai`anae Steve
Why is it that all hurricanes that head toward the Big Island of Hawaii seem to ALWAYS veer to the south or to the north when they approach this island? Ever since weather records have been taken here there has never been a hurricane that has passed directly over the Big Island. Why? There must be some reasons although no one seems to want to say much fearing that we then, on the Big Island, might get too complacent whenever a storm heads our way. I've heard some suggest that perhaps it is our very high mountains (as high as 13,796ft. or 4,205m.) that might contribute to divert the path of these storms, however that's cojecture at this point. Seems to me though that too many years have gone by for this to just be coincidence as some of the other Hawaiian islands have been hit full on a number of times by strong hurricanes. Perhaps we will never know in our lifetime.

Perhaps Madam Pele protects the island she is working on at the moment.

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Wai`anae Steve

It began raining abut 30 min ago at 9:30 p.m.

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Wai`anae Steve
It began raining abut 30 min ago at 9:30 p.m.

Sun shinning this morning. Total rain 1.34 inches. Gotta go buy gas for the weed whacker as the weeds will be back in a week.

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Al in Kona

Steve we had about the same amount of rain as you got but ours came after Felicia had past (didn't affect us in south Kona). Our rain was one of those typical good summer showers we sometimes get in late afternoon or evening. It helped perk up the plants as it was beginning to get quite dry.

Next storm to think about out there is 'Guillermo'. They say it looks like it may head in a similar path as did Felicia.

Let's see where it goes this time. Not really worried about it smacking into the Big Island as they seem to always skirt around us, at least so far that's always been the case. Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa or Madame Pele, who ever or whatever is responsible, I thank them!

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